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[ing-guh t] /ˈɪŋ gət/
a mass of metal cast in a convenient form for shaping, remelting, or refining.
verb (used with object)
to make ingots of; shape into ingots.
1350-1400; Middle English: literally, (something) poured in, equivalent to in- in-1 + got(e) a stream, Old English *gota, akin to gēotan to flow; cognate with German giessen, Gothic giutan, Old Norse gjōta to pour Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ingots
  • Last year a tax rebate on the export of aluminium ingots was eliminated, and then an export tax was imposed.
  • My job was to take the red hot ingots off of the arm as it came up from the blast furnace.
  • Manufacturers buy the bails of aluminum, refine the metal and melt it into solid metal blocks called ingots.
  • After a refining process, the aluminum cans are melted into solid metal blocks called ingots.
  • His father was a factory worker who turned steel ingots into wire.
  • Wearing flameproof suits, workers heat stainless-steel ingots and pour the molten metal into ceramic casts.
  • Though the extent of his graft was widely known, officials were shocked by the piles of gold and silver ingots uncovered.
  • Inside, among bits of gold and silver, were several slender rod-shaped ingots of gold and silver.
  • Making multicrystalline ingots is faster and less energy-intensive-the silicon is melted and then cooled.
  • Transport metal ingots to storage areas, using forklifts.
British Dictionary definitions for ingots


a piece of cast metal obtained from a mould in a form suitable for storage, transporting, and further use
(transitive) to shape (metal) into ingots
Word Origin
C14: perhaps from in-² + Old English goten, past participle of geotan to pour
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Word Origin and History for ingots



late 14c., "mold in which metal is cast," probably from in- (2) "in" + Old English goten, past participle of geotan "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Sense of "mass of cast metal" first attested early 15c.

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